The World Broadsword Championship is a HEMA competition, open to anyone trained in the martial arts of English Backsword, Highland Broadsword or Military Sabre. The Scottish broadsword martial art would be via the Cateran Society while the English backsword is based on Silver. The English Broadsword was a double bladed weapon each with a tempered cutting edge and weighed [depending on the maker] between two or five pounds. I do not really have a preference after checking them out and I am looking for some help being swayed one way or another. I’d like to add my own sense of “how would each fare against a scimitar?” based on my own experience as a modern historical fencer. The spine of the blade adds for much more controllability and gives it a much more secure feeling during heavy cutting. Sword history. A friend of mine has the Baskethilt Backsword and wow, that thing is a complete beast. Claymore, backsword, Scottish broad sword, Scottish dirk. The sword measured roughly 30 to 50 inches - again depending on the swordsmith with the blade between 2 to 3.5 inches at the hilt and it tapered to a very strong point. Swords of Scottish design are known as Claymores, derived from the Scottish Gaelic term claidheamh mòr meaning “Great Sword”. In the 16 th -17 th centuries, mercenaries hired by Venice carried basket-hilted swords that could be either single-edged (backsword… In the 16 th -17 th centuries, mercenaries hired by Venice carried basket-hilted swords that could be either single-edged (backsword… The tournament will be fought with blunt reproductions of authentic weapons. Scottish targe – shield. A Claymore by any other name.. by: Paul There is a fair amount of confusion surrounding the word 'Claymore' and technically it refers to two types of swords, the late medieval period two handed swords used in clan warfare and border clashes with the English (highlander) or the basket hilt one handed sword used by the Scottish military much longer than other armies (Scottish). Quora User does a good job of defining terms. Their broadsword I feel is also a bit nicer than the Cold Steel sword as well, but I think the etching on the blade looks a bit ridiculous. Similar to the longsword, a broadsword historically (15 th century and earlier) meant a sword that carried a blade broader than a common reference sword of the time. Similar to the longsword, a broadsword historically (15 th century and earlier) meant a sword that carried a blade broader than a common reference sword of the time. As a verb saber is . As nouns the difference between saber and broadsword is that saber is while broadsword is a type of sword, usually of the single-handed basket hilt variety, that has a broad cutting blade as opposed to the more slender thrust-oriented rapier.